LFCC's Foster Youth Program Receives Generous Donation from White House Foods
For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2014
David Gum, President and CEO of the National Fruit Product Company, recently presented a $32,500 check to Carla Newman, LFCC's coach for the Great Expectations program for foster youth. The check was presented on May 4 at the 3rd Annual Restoration Concert sponsored by White House Foods.
"We are overwhelmed by the love and financial support of David and Paige Gum and the entire White House Foods family," explains Newman. "The goal of our program is to provide intensive support services to students who have been in foster care, to help them succeed in school, in their jobs, and in life."
Amanda Hilbrand was one of four LFCC students to attend the concert, which featured musicians Colton Dixon and Mandisa, two American Idol finalists. Hilbrand graduated from LFCC on May 10 with an associate degree in general studies. She wishes to continue her education in nursing at either Shenandoah University or through military service.
According to Hilbrand: "Transitioning from high school to college – and being on my own – was the hardest thing I had to get used to. It was always nice to know that the Great Expectations coach is there to help you. Lord Fairfax set me up for my future, and I recommend the Great Expectations program for any foster care kid."
May is National Foster Care Month. According to Newman, 20 LFCC students are enrolled in the Great Expectations program. The program provides a variety of support services, including academic advising, career counseling, and assistance with the financial aid process. The program also provides a variety of incentive programs to keep students motivated. For example, a student who achieves perfect attendance for two weeks earns a gas card.
According to Newman, two of her students earned their associate's degree at commencement on May 10. 71% successfully completed the semester.
"I am very proud of my students," explains Newman. "Some are living with foster families, others are living independently. Many are working one or two jobs while attending college and are achieving good grades."
The students in LFCC's Great Expectations program have volunteered with CCAP. They have also participated in cultural opportunities including seeing a play at Shenandoah University and traveling to Washington, D.C., for a "Blue Man Group" performance at the National Theatre.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its three locations — the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County Center — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. LFCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability in its programs or activities.